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Reflections on a visit to Auschwitz

November 15, 2018 by Janet Sillett

What we make of memorial sites - how we preserve their authenticity yet make them accessible to many people is crucial if they are to stand as lasting reminders, reflects Janet Sillett after a visit to the former concentration camp in Poland.


LGiU Fortnightly: Special Edition! Live from LGiU Cllr Awards 2018

November 9, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU held its ninth annual Cllr Achievement Awards on Tuesday, to celebrate the shining stars of local government! In this special edition of LGiU Fortnightly, we run you through the evening in case you couldn’t be there, telling you a bit about each of the shortlisted councillors and hearing from…


LGiU & CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards 2018 – the winners!

November 8, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

On Tuesday night we hosted the ninth annual Cllr Achievement Awards, the only awards to recognise the achievements of elected members. The evening has become a staple of the local government calendar and the largest annual cross-party gathering of council leaders outside the LGA conference. Listen to our special episode of LGiU…


LGiU Fortnightly 2nd November: Singin’ the Budget blues?

November 2, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

Pleasantly surprising or deeply disappointing? Cause for optimism or despair? Welcome extra cash or hush money? Listen to Jennifer and Jonathan lay out their very different views on the Chancellor’s Budget announcements this week – from potholes to social care, high street regeneration to business rate reliefs. We also bring…


LGiU Fortnightly 18th October: Does transparency lead to trust in politics?

October 19, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

We live in changing political times and many observe a decline in trust in politics. Meanwhile there is now an unprecedented collection of personal data by public and private organisations. What does it mean to be transparent in the public sector in this context? We speak to Dr Ben Worthy…


Homelessness and Data

October 16, 2018 by Andrew Walker

As part of the Local Government Homelessness Commission, LGiU held an evidence session on data and homelessness prevention last week. This was the first in a series of four sessions investigating how councils can deliver on the goals of the Homelessness Reduction Act. It was chaired by Cllr Peter Fleming, leader…


The State of Care

October 12, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

The Care Quality Commission has just published its annual state of care report looking at the quality of health and social care and the issues facing these vital sectors. It’s widely acknowledged that both health and care are facing a fairly acute funding crisis, the CQC highlighted the good –…


LGiU Fortnightly 5th October: Party’s over, folks! The council view of conference season

October 5, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

Party conference season isn’t ALL about Westminster politics. LGiU brings you the local government view from Brighton, Liverpool and Birmingham. From Theresa May lifting the HRA cap to Emily Maitlis challenging Liz Truss on council finances, big words from Andrew Gwynne on community empowerment and Lib Dem plans to tackle…


Where next for council funding? The view from East Anglia

October 5, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

Where next for council funding? That was the question we posed to our guests in Norwich City Hall at our recent roundtable on local government finance. We were joined by council leaders, cabinet members, chief executives and finance directors from councils across the East of England for a fascinating discussion…